Marriage License

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR UPCOMING WEDDING! 

On behalf of the Clark County Auditor’s Office, we would like to congratulate you on your upcoming marriage!


The Joint Lobby is closed to public traffic as of March 16, 2020 until further notice.  

Hours:  Phone hours only 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

**4/3/2020 UPDATE**

**Please note: The Clark County Courthouse has canceled marriage services. Please contact them at 564-397-2010 for more information**

Marriage license applications will be processed using notary packets and must be submitted by mail only.

 

BEFORE APPLYING, PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

Do you have a scheduled officiant and a firm date for the ceremony?

If not, please note that at this time the fee for marriage licenses are non-refundable and the licenses have a 60-day expiration date for the completion of the ceremony from the date of issuance and cannot be extended.

If yes, please follow the steps below:

Use this link to print the notary packet documents.
Complete the On-line Application
Submit the completed notary packet documents and payment by mail.  The application MUST be notarized.  Payment must be received.

Accepted payment types: check, money order, or cashier's check.  DO NOT send cash.  Be sure checks and money orders are signed.

Include a self-addressed stamped (2 stamps required) 9" x 12" envelope or pre-paid Priority Mail envelope for us to return the marriage license and certificate.

All marriage license applications will be processed the same day they are received and will be mailed out as soon as possible.

 

Apply for My Marriage License by Mail (Notary Packet)

 

AFTER THE CEREMONY
Return your completed Certificate of Marriage in the envelope provided in your marriage packet to:

Clark County Auditor's
Marriage License Department
PO Box 5000
Vancouver WA 98666-5000


If you need certified copies of your certificate, complete the request form and provide payment (check, cashier's check, or money order) and mail in request.
If you need certified copies immediately, please call the Recording Office at 564-397-2208 to make arrangements.

 

Here are a few important things you will need to know before you get started:

**PLEASE SCROLL TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR CURRENT INFORMATION**

  • At the time the marriage license is issued, there is a 3-day waiting period BEFORE you can get married 
    (Example: If we issue the license on Wednesday, you can get married the following Saturday)
  • You have up to 60 days to get married after the 3-day waiting period is over
  • The marriage license is only valid in Washington State 
    (it will not be valid if the ceremony takes place in any other state)

Marriages are Public Record

All marriage records are a matter of public record and once it has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded." (Exception: only for those enrolled in the State's Address Confidentiality program). The local newspaper generally publishes applicants’ name and city of residence.